Kate Racculia's novel Bellweather Rhapsody is a quirky, engaging mystery set in a decaying hotel over a high school music festival weekend. Unfortunately, the event falls on the fifteenth anniversary of a heinous murder-suicide that happened in the hotel's room 712. A bride hanging herself by an electric cord after shooting her newlywed groom is an event that is unlikely to happen twice, but when Jill Faccelli, a flute player staying in room 712 goes missing, rumors spread that the hotel is cursed. As the snow (amounting to nearly 30 inches) begins to fall outside the Bellweather Hotel, the guests start to wonder if the Bride Ghost of 712 has claimed another victim.
There could be more reasonable explanations however. Jill's mother, Viola Fabian, the director of the festival, is curiously sanguine about her daughter's disappearance. Minnie, the only witness to the ...
Blood at the Root
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